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UK’s Queen Elizabeth wishes England team good luck ahead of Euro soccer final

LONDON, (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to the England soccer manager to wish the team luck ahead of its most anticipated game since the 1966 World Cup final.

England are due to play Italy today in the Euro 2020 final at London’s Wembley Stadium, prompting excitement across the country, with beer sales soaring and special permission for children to start school late tomorrow.

Elizabeth wrote a letter to manager Gareth Southgate in which she recalled her memory of presenting the World Cup to England in 1966 and seeing the joy that brought.

“I want to… send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves,” she wrote.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also wished the team good luck in a letter on Saturday. He congratulated them on what they have achieved so far and praised their teamwork and “sheer flair”.

“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too,” Johnson wrote.

“We are not just hoping or praying. We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad. On behalf of the entire nation, good luck, have a great game – and bring it home!”

If England wins the tournament, there is speculation that Johnson could announce a national holiday to celebrate. A petition asking for a day off if the team win has gained more than 350,000 signatures.

While England have only once previously reached the final of a major tournament, this will be Italy’s 10th such final. In England’s favour, the 60,000-strong crowd will be overwhelmingly supporting the home nation.

Of the other nations in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales were knocked out in earlier stages of the tournament while Northern Ireland did not qualify.

Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister wish England luck in Euro final

Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent good luck messages to the England team ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s side have reached the European Championship title match for the first time, ending England’s 55-year wait for a major final appearance.

“Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament,” she wrote.

“I send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”

Her grandson, Prince William, is set to be the senior royal representative at the final in his role as president of the English Football Association.

Meanwhile, Johnson praised England’s stars for lifting the nation’s spirits with their run to the final.

In an open letter to Southgate and his England squad, Johnson wrote: “I wanted to congratulate you and all the players on your amazing performance and achievement in this Euro 2020 tournament.

“For most people in this country, it is the first time this has happened in all their lives.

“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too.”

He attended England’s semi-final victory against Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Johnson wore an England pin on his blazer as he was pictured holding up a flag in Downing Street.

“We are not just hoping or praying. We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad,” he added in his letter.

The English editions of many of Britain’s Sunday newspapers devoted their front pages to the historic match.

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Originally published as Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister wish England luck in Euro final

UK’s Queen Elizabeth wishes England team good luck

IMAGE: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth wrote a letter to manager Gareth Southgate in which she recalled her memory of presenting the World Cup to England in 1966 and seeing the joy that brought. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to the England soccer manager to wish the team luck ahead of its most anticipated game since the 1966 World Cup final.

England are due to play Italy on Sunday in the Euro 2020 final at London’s Wembley Stadium, prompting excitement across the country, with beer sales soaring and special permission for children to start school late on Monday.

Elizabeth wrote a letter to manager Gareth Southgate in which she recalled her memory of presenting the World Cup to England in 1966 and seeing the joy that brought.

“I want to… send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves,” she wrote.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also wished the team good luck in a letter on Saturday. He congratulated them on what they have achieved so far and praised their teamwork and “sheer flair”.

“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too,” Johnson wrote.

“We are not just hoping or praying. We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad. On behalf of the entire nation, good luck, have a great game – and bring it home!”

If England wins the tournament, there is speculation that Johnson could announce a national holiday to celebrate. A petition asking for a day off if the team win has gained more than 350,000 signatures.

While England have only once previously reached the final of a major tournament, this will be Italy’s 10th such final. In England’s favour, the 60,000-strong crowd will be overwhelmingly supporting the home nation.

Of the other nations in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales were knocked out in earlier stages of the tournament while Northern Ireland did not qualify.

Tesco is substituting some items with FREE iPhones and shoppers can’t believe their luck

A number of Tesco shoppers have discovered their humble Royal Gala and Granny Smith apples have been swapped for shiny new iPhones and Apple AirPods. Nick James, 50, is one customer who picked up his shopping from his nearest Tesco Extra in Twickenham when staff told him there was a “surprise” in his bag. The freebie turned out to be an iPhone SE, which starts at £399 and maxes-out at £549 when bought SIM-free. Yikes.
Speaking about the surprise iPhone SE that was slipped into this shopping bag, Mr James told the Daily Mirror: “I was half expecting the surprise to be an Easter egg or something – I was a little bit shocked to say the least”.

The freebie comes as part of a new promotion, dubbed “Super Subs”, that is running right now and expires April 18, 2021. It sees shoppers who use Tesco’s Click and Collect orders, which are placed online and picked-up in-person at a local Tesco shop, receive a number of pricey gadgets for free.

Customers will need to order apples to be in with a chance to find an Apple-branded device in their bag. However, there are a number of other commonly-ordered items that will be substituted with high-tech equivalents – like Tesco laundry tablets being substituted with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7, which packs an 11-inch touchscreen and stylus that lets you draw and annotate documents.

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“From today until 18 April, Tesco Mobile is raiding the nation’s shopping bags to make unbelievable substitutes in lucky Tesco.com Click+Collect orders,” the supermarket said. “Tesco Mobile’s ‘Super Subs’ has been created to show how amazing things can happen when the worlds of supermarket and mobile come together – all while putting a smile on shopper’s faces.”

If you fancy giving it a go here’s a full list of what could be subbed in your shopping basket from today with Tesco confirming that there are 80 gifts up for grabs.

  • Freshly baked bread rolls for a Motorola E7 – Moto-roll-a anyone?
  • Apples for an Apple iPhone SE
  • Galaxy Milk Chocolate Bar for a Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
  • Tesco laundry tablets for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7
  • Pampers Active Fit Nappies for a Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 Black
  • Gnocchi for a Nokia 3.4
  • Frozen cod for Apple Airpods
  • Galaxy chocolate drink for a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
  • Mini Cheddars for an Apple iPhone 12 Mini
  • Cotton Buds for Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Tesco has the full terms and conditions of the promotion, which is being handled by its Tesco Mobile brand, on its website. It’s worth noting that “Super Subs” are limited to a select few stores nationwide, so don’t fill a Click and Collect order with apples, cotton buds and frozen cod if your local shop isn’t on the list …unless you have a severe shortage of apples, cotton buds and frozen cod at home, of course.

The Tesco stores taking part in the tech giveaway are – Glasgow Silverburn Extra, Glasgow / Twickenham Extra, Greater London / Stretford Extra, Manchester / Swansea Cadle Extra, Swansea / Portsmouth Extra, Portsmouth / Dudley Extra, Birmingham.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

The Premier League returned post-international break with plenty of drama as West Brom hammered Chelsea 5-2, Arsenal lost to Liverpool and Tottenham threw away victory at Newcastle, while Manchester United came from behind to beat Brighton. Express Sport’s Matt Dunn looks at all the major talking points from match-day 30.
CHELSEA PLAYERS CAN ROW BUT MUST NOT ROCK THE BOAT

Angry rows in the dressing room. Over-exuberant challenges in training leading to bust-ups. A cooling down period required for a senior player.

But none of those are the main problem that should be concerning Thomas Tuchel as he deals with the fall out of only his first defeat as Chelsea boss in 15 games.

The worry he has is that his private business is all very much out in the open.

The sort of repercussions that have gone on at Chelsea are common at any club – especially one that has played as badly as Chelsea did against West Brom on Saturday.

But the speed with which the first signs of cracks permeated out into the wider world is a far more worrying sign of structural problems than some frustrated fisticuffs between two players who did not even take part on Wednesday.

Tuchel is an abrasive character and has left bust-ups wherever he goes as a manager. That is his style.

What he does not need is his dirty linen being washed in public just at the point where he needs to return to clean sheets and winning ways as quickly as possible.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

BIG CLUBS GET THE BIG SWINGS AND NEVER ANY ROUNDABOUTS

A lot of things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have gleaned from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson include, it now transpires, an uncanny knack to have major decisions go his way.

For years now the bigger teams have got the bigger calls and it is going to take more than the ham-fisted use of VAR technology to eradicate that, it seems.

Referees are not deliberately biased, but some subconscious sense – it turns out it is not even baying hordes in giant stadiums either – seems to make them look after the interests of the favourite when making a judgment call.

Danny Welbeck was denied the sort of penalty he used to get when in a United shirt. The touch was not much, but it was there.

It is almost as though referees are guided by what ought to happen – i.e. the Manchester Uniteds of this world should beat the Brightons – when weighing up the evidence of their eyes.

The trouble is, while this subjectivity leads to errors, they are not clear and obvious ones – another reason why the whole VAR concept is flawed.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

ARSENAL MONEY DOESN’T TALK

In the long-running game of finger-pointing at Arsenal, never has more compelling evidence been collated to show where the club have been going wrong in recent seasons.

For one of the first times ever, the three most expensive signings in the club’s history all started a game together – and they stank the place out in being totally out-performed by Liverpool in their own back yard.

Nicolas Pepe, £72million, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, £56m, and Alexandre Lacazette, £47m, represent a huge outlay on players who, quite simply, are not good enough.

As Liverpool demonstrated so ably.

Diogo Jota, for example, was signed for less any of those and yet showed the sort of regenerative cutting edge Liverpool need as Mohamed Salah begins to have such wistful, wandering eyes.

Arteta is being relied upon to coach up the cheaper talent from within. But are his players really improving?

Eighth last season, they are currently 10th in one of the most average Premier League seasons in recent years.

The executive are playing as badly in the transfer market as the players have been on he pitch at times. It is a club heading in the wrong direction.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

MOURINHO CLINGING ON TO FADING STARS

By his own admission, Jose Mourinho inherited a squad which, when fit, he believed had the talent at Tottenham to win the league.

Now that they are pretty much all up and running, he now does not trust them to hold on to a lead and beat the most out-of-sorts team in the division.

He blames the players, but it is not exactly rocket science to work out where things have gone most wrong.

A manager who used to turn good players into great players now turns promising players into nervous wrecks.

Just ask Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Steven Bergwijn and Matt Doherty.

Only the remarkable glue provided by Hugo Lloris and the incredible strength of will displayed always by Harry Kane – coupled with talented midfielders Mourinho inherited in Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – is holding the team together at all.

Mourinho told the Kane on the Amazon Prime documentary, “My dimension is universal and by being with me I think I can help you.”

That has since been turned on his head and Kane’s form is the only one keeping the Special One even in a job.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

SOUTHGATE’S EURO 20-TRENTY VISION

It seemed like madness but on Saturday at the Emirates I think we got to see the method.

England manager Gareth Southgate’s treatment of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

We are not suddenly so blessed as a nation that we can afford to leave one of our few world class players out of a major finals.

In reality, the decision to drop the Liverpool full-back from the most recent international get-together is beginning to look like nothing other than a well-timed wake up call to make sure Alexander-Arnold brings the very best off himself to the finals come the summer.

And after a so-so season for the 22-year-old we saw a little bit more of that again on Saturday evening.